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    Question ing sentences?

    I am really confused about the sentences that begin with ing form of verbs. Is there anyone who can explain the elaboration?
    Example: 1-There is something inside me that pulls beneath the surface. confusing,consuming.
    2-Crawling in my skin.
    Last edited by leonardoatt; 25-Aug-2011 at 16:14.

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    Default Re: ing sentences?

    The examples you cite are fragments, not sentences.

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    Default Re: ing sentences?

    I'd like to correct your sentence "I am really confused about the sentences" ... (not confused with)
    J&K Tutoring is right. The examples are not ok.
    But the gerund form (-ing form) at the beginning of sentence can play the role of a noun. For example:
    1) Running is difficult for me. (It is difficult for me to run.)
    2) Speaking another language helps you find a better job. (If you want to have a better chance to find a better job, you should learn another language.)
    I hope they help.

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    Default Re: ing sentences?

    Okay I bring you whole context to comment on.(It's a lyric from [LINKINPARK] Music band)

    ######################
    Crawling in my skin
    These wounds they will not heal
    Fear is how I fall
    Confusing what is real

    There's something inside me that pulls beneath the surface
    Consuming/confusing
    This lack of self-control I fear is never ending
    Controlling/I can't see

    [Bridge:]
    To find myself again
    My walls are closing in
    (without a sense of confidence and I'm convinced that there's just too much pressure to take)
    I've felt this way before
    So insecure

    [Chorus]

    Discomfort,endlessly has pulled itself upon me
    Distracting/reacting
    Against my will I stand beside my own reflection
    It's haunting how I can't see...

    [Bridge]

    [Chorus]

    [Chorus]
    <!-- end of lyrics -->
    Enough?

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    Default Re: ing sentences?

    Don't try to work out how English grammar works from song lyrics. They often follow patterns dictated by rhythm and sound rather than rules, or even meaning.

    ps. You have been told this before. Tdol wrote, in another of your threads, "Song lyrics are not always meaningful and coherent- some make little sense and often songwriters just use words because they sound good."
    Last edited by 5jj; 25-Aug-2011 at 16:31. Reason: ps added

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    Question Re: ing sentences?

    Pardon me.I can almost understand any normal contexts like books,magazines,newspapers or anything written in english except lyric of such songs.Is not there any remedy to understand these complicated lyrics?

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    Default Re: ing sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by leonardoatt View Post
    Pardon me.I can almost understand any normal contexts like books,magazines,newspapers or anything written in english except lyric of such songs.Is not there any remedy to understand these complicated lyrics?
    No, not linguistically. Socially, there is. The closer you get to knowing the lyricist, or the band, the easier it might be to interpret their lyrics.
    Thus a groupie who knows the history of the band, the social mileu in which they work, their motivation, their social concerns, the impetus behind their art, their aesthetic; and who subscribes to all their fan websites, follows them on tour, living, eating and sleeping with them, will probably be able to interpret their songs better than a randomly chosen person, a member of this forum, or a Linguistics professor.

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    Wink Re: ing sentences?

    I agree with you.

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